The Complete Guide to Cannabis Tourism in Los AngelesHere’s everything you need to know to plan a 420 vacation in L.A.!
Los Angeles (frequently known by its abbreviation, L.A.), is one of the biggest and most cosmopolitan cities in the U.S. and has been a beloved vacation spot pretty much forever. Los Angeles is even more fun now that recreational cannabis use is legal throughout California by anyone 21 or older.
Though you will frequently catch the scent of weed on the streets of L.A., legal marijuana use is restricted to private residences or enclosed public spaces that permit it. There is a $100 fine associated with using marijuana in public view. However, you are allowed to carry cannabis with you as long as the amount doesn’t exceed 1 ounce of flower or 8 ounces of concentrate, and it’s stored out of sight or in a sealed childproof container.
We encourage you to stay safe on your Los Angeles weed vacation by using taxis, ride-sharing services, or hopping on LA Metro (light rail service) for transportation. But if you do plan to drive, the rules for cannabis are similar to those regarding alcohol – no open containers in the vehicle, and no driving under the influence.
Get ready to explore the limitless options for 420 fun in L.A. Here’s our list of all the best things to do on a Los Angeles cannabis vacation!
Getting started: where to find the best weed in L.A.
Anyone age 21 and older, residents or visitors, can buy recreational cannabis in Los Angeles as long as they have a valid government ID. Any cannabis purchased in California must be consumed in California. Please note that marijuana possession is still illegal in Federal spaces (such as airports and state parks). There is a relatively high marijuana tax in California, so if you are vacationing on a budget, be sure to confirm with your budtender whether posted prices are pre-tax or out-the-door.
Cannabis dispensaries in Los Angeles:
Here are our favorite L.A. spots to stock up on weed!
MedMen is a chain store with a goal in mind to redefine the cannabis industry. And they’re making great strides through their world-class retail shops, high standards for growing and production, and their support of pro-legalization groups. MedMen has branches in several states and throughout California, including six shops in Los Angeles: West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, DTLA, close to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), and two in Venice Beach. All Los Angeles MedMen locations are open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
MedMen carries an impressive array of top-notch cannabis brands, including [statemade], LuxLyte, and their own MedMen brand. MedMen can deliver your weed right to you, or you can pre-order online for easy in-store pickup. You can browse their selection based on brand, weed type, or your desired effect. Joining their rewards program, MedMen Buds, earns you points toward future purchases, and if you sign up for the MedMen email list, you’ll get 10% off your first purchase.
#2 The Farmacy Westwood
Located in Westwood, near UCLA, the Farmacy stocks over 150 designer cannabis products, sourced from local, organic-equivalent growers. The Farmacy Westwood has been providing the Los Angeles area with great prices on high-quality weed since 2006. The Farmacy Westwood is a cash-only shop, but they do have an ATM on-site for your convenience. They also offer free 2-hour parking for customers. The Farmacy Westwood is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m every day. The Farmacy’s budtenders are friendly and always happy to share their extensive knowledge with you, but if you prefer a quick in-and-out, you can pre-order online for quick pickup.
Weed delivery in Los Angeles
In California, you can actually get weed legally delivered right to you, whether you’re relaxing at your hotel or out exploring! Here’s who to call:
If you want the convenience of cannabis delivery, but don’t want to pay extra for it, HERB will deliver any order over $50 for free! Orders under $50 are delivered for only $5, but there is a $25 order minimum. You do have to sign up for a free HERB membership to use this service, but you don’t have to be a California resident to join. New members get a 20% discount and a few welcome gifts with their first order. HERB offers a huge selection of cannabis products and brands, and they deliver nearly everywhere in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and Santa Monica. Orders arrive in only 15-45 minutes, depending on location, and you can pay with cash, card, or some mobile pay apps.
Eaze is a marijuana delivery service running an impressive variety of cannabis products from 7 licensed L.A. area retailers directly to you, wherever you happen to be. Eaze delivers nearly anywhere in Los Angeles. You can run your desired delivery address through their website before you order to make sure you’re in a delivery zone.
You will need to have your ID on hand for verification when your stash is delivered. Eaze delivers weed on-demand every day from 9 a.m – 10 p.m. Eaze also ships high-quality hemp-derived CBD products (always verified below the legal THC limit of .03%) to 43 states and Washington D.C.
420-friendly places to stay
If you want to stay somewhere that that not only tolerates cannabis but celebrates it, we’ve found the best places to book – and bake.
Cannabis-friendly hotels in Los Angeles:
#5 The Standard
West Hollywood’s branch of the famed hotel chain, The Standard, is a pioneer in the cannabis tourism world. They are currently setting up the first-ever hotel-based cannabis boutique, featuring the products of Lord Jones, a beloved maker of decadent cannabis-infused edible treats. The Standard Shop on-site already offers a fun and eclectic variety of clothing, novelty items, and luxurious self-care products, but for now, you do still need to bring your own edibles. Keep an eye on their website for updates as the cannabis boutique approaches its grand opening.
Located right in the middle of the action on Sunset Boulevard, The Standard is a comfortable and luxurious spot to relax. Their on-site restaurant, Croft Alley, is open 24/7 – and room service is 24/7, too! The iconic blue AstroTurf pool deck is open until midnight (2 a.m. on Friday-Sunday nights) and there’s also a “secret” private nightclub. The decor pays delightful homage to the hotel’s mid-century roots. In addition to your own balcony and a classic L.A. view from every room, nearly any comfort you can dream up is provided, from mood lighting, overstocked mini-bars, and Bluetooth audio speakers to extra-comfy bedding and fluffy bathrobes.
#6 California Cannabis Tours
The popular Colorado Cannabis Tours company has expanded its services into California (and Nevada), and they can help you book the perfect private room, apartment, or weed-friendly hotel in Los Angeles. Current offerings range from a modern boutique hotel in West Hollywood, complete with a smoke-friendly rooftop bar, to a private pool house in Leimert Park with free wifi and breakfast. If you book your stay with California Cannabis Tours, you’ll also get a discount on their Original Cannabis Tour. Some properties even include access to dab rig and vaporizer rentals, which means one less thing to pack (or purchase)!
Adventures and Activities
What does your perfect stoned day in L.A. look like? There is truly something for everyone in this vast city. Here are some of our favorite 420-friendly Los Angeles activities:
If you’ve ever wanted to hang out at the equivalent of a stylish bar, but with bud instead of booze, you can in L.A.!
#7 The Artist Tree
The Artist Tree is a brand-new West Hollywood venue, set to combine a dispensary, smoking lounge, and edibles restaurant. The Artist Tree honors the connection between cannabis and our experience of music, art, and food. In addition to a great selection of cannabis products, this spacious, laid-back venue showcases the work of some of the best artists in Los Angeles. After you’ve feasted your eyes on the art, you can enjoy edibles, cannabis oil-infused entrees, soft beverages, and non-infused delicacies in the Artist Tree’s restaurant. Live music events are also on the horizon for the Artist Tree.
The Artist Tree is located on Santa Monica Blvd, close to the Sunset Strip. They are a cash or debit only establishment, but there is an ATM on-site for your convenience. If you want to buy some weed without hanging out, you can pre-order and pick it up, or take advantage of the Artist Tree’s delivery service. They also operate a cannabis boutique, the Green Easy, near the Beverly Grove shopping area. The Artist Tree is in the process of rolling out their cannabis lounge (expected to open in January 2020), so be sure to check their website for the most current information before you head over.
#8 Alchemy Lounge
Alchemy Lounge is a comfortable and private social club in DTLA. Once you settle into Alchemy’s comfortable seats, you can kick back and enjoy the wi-fi, TV, music, soft drinks, and social crowd. There is a vape and accessory shop on-site and it is highly recommended to bring your own weed. Table service is available (starting at $100 for 2 people), and it includes a rolling tray, grinder, papers, hemp wraps, a lighter, soda or water, and a goody bag. If you have a special occasion coming up, you can host your own party or event here, privately or semi-privately. Alchemy even runs a special table service deal for bachelorette parties.
Full Alchemy Lounge membership includes an impressive list of perks, but if you’re only in town for a short while, you can pick up a day pass for $50, or $100 for the whole weekend. In addition to a chill 420-friendly social environment, Alchemy hosts regular special events, including comedy hours and art shows. Alchemy is also home to a number of meetups for cannabis industry professionals and connoisseurs. During basketball season, you can pre-game at Alchemy before taking in the game at the nearby Staples Center, and come back for the post-game party.
You can get the most relaxing mani-pedi of your life at Bellacures, an upscale nail spa with locations in Beverly Hills, Brentwood Village, Larchmont Village, Studio City, and Santa Monica. Their Cannacure manicure and pedicure service begins with a CBD-infused softening soak. In addition to shaping and polishing your nails, your hands and/or feet will be treated to Kush Queen Renew Sugar Scrub and a massage with Kush Queen Melt Away Pain Lotion. Whether your feet are sore from walking around the theme parks all day or you simply want to pamper yourself, the Cannacure mani-pedi is a luxurious and relaxing way to unwind for a bit.
Cannabis art classes
#10 Dank Canvas
If you tend to feel creative when you’re stoned, Dank Canvas provides the perfect outlet. They host guided painting and crafting events for anyone 21 and over. All the art supplies you’ll need are included – as well as a goody bag of samples from local cannabis companies. Dank Canvas hosts step-by-step 16×20 painting sessions, or you can attend their Color Me High Arts and Crafts Bar and make yourself a new stash box or rolling tray. You are also welcome to show up, enjoy the ambiance and do some old-fashioned coloring! You can see what art projects are lined up next on their website, or contact them to create your own event.
#11 Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition
If you’re going to be in Los Angeles in mid-September, you can take an exciting peek behind the scenes of the rapidly changing cannabis industry at one of the nation’s leading legal cannabis trade shows! The Los Angeles Convention Center (in downtown L.A., close to the Staples Center) will be hosting the 7th Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) on September 16-17, 2020. This event includes workshops, presentations, networking mixer, a dedicated business-to-business networking session, and an exhibition hall where you can experience all of the latest and greatest cannabis products and services!
Expo-only day passes will be available soon if all you want to do is browse the exhibition and chat with the vendors. But if you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own cannabis business (or you’ve already started) this event is sure to be very inspiring! Please note that products containing THC will not be sold (and cannot be used) at this event and you do need to be 18 or older to tour the show floor.
Cannabis-infused restaurants and bars
Los Angeles is the proud home of several bars and restaurants where cannabis is actually part of the menu!
#12 Original Cannabis Cafe
The Original Cannabis Cafe (Formerly Lowell Cafe) is the first combination cannabis lounge and restaurant in America. This beautiful West Hollywood spot lets you purchase and consume your favorite weed in a relaxed social setting with amazing organic dishes on hand to soothe the munchies. Cannabis Cafe features a stylish Dab Bar and an excellent selection of cannabis flower. Their “flower hosts” are always on hand to recommend the best flower, food, and drink pairings to elevate your sensory experience. You are welcome to bring your own cannabis if you prefer. Cannabis Cafe aims to provide a fun and welcoming place for cannabis newbies and seasoned connoisseurs alike (though you must be 21 or older to attend).
The Original Cannabis Cafe is open every day from noon to 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended, and can be made up to 30 days in advance, though a few tables are set aside for walk-ins. When there is a wait, you’ll be given approximately 1.5 hours to relax at your table, to ensure as many cannabis lovers as possible can share in the Original Cannabis Cafe experience.
Places to explore when you’re stoned
From museums to theme parks, to jaw-dropping views, here’s our list of Los Angeles places that are even more impressive under the influence.
#13 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
LACMA is an amazing place to lose yourself for the afternoon. With an intriguing variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits (including the famed Urban Light, a small forest of old-fashioned street lamps that is kept lit 24 hours a day), LACMA is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. A number of guided tour options are available if you want to fully immerse yourself in a particular collection. LACMA also periodically hosts classes and live music events.
LACMA is located on Wilshire Boulevard, in Hancock Park, which is also full of unique and interesting sculptures. LACMA is open every day except for Wednesdays, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. If you get hungry while you’re walking around the museum, there is a coffee shop and multiple dining options on-site, ranging from gourmet farm-to-table fare to burgers and fries.
#14 Museum of Illusions
If you’d prefer an experience where you’re part of the (incredibly fun and trippy) exhibit, the Museum of Illusions is for you! Bring your camera and sense of adventure as you explore over 30 different 3D illusions. From walking along the edge of a skyscraper that looks like it’s straight out of a cartoon to coming face-to-face with a dinosaur skeleton come to life on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the photo ops are endless. The Museum even features a 7-room upside-down house. If you need to sit down and take a rest, you’re welcome to stretch out on the couch – on the ceiling!
If quality photography is not your strong suit, the Museum of Illusions offers a VIP package, where you’ll get your own personal photographer and all of the photos emailed to you shortly after your visit. Perusing the photos over a smoke session is bound to be a fun way to unwind at the end of the day! The Museum of Illusions is located in the heart of Hollywood (in “the Vard”), a very short walk from the Hollywood/Highland Metro station. They are open every day from 10 a.m. to midnight.
#15 Griffith Observatory
To take in views of the famed Hollywood Sign, and the impressive Los Angeles skyline – with or without a sky full of stars – Griffith Observatory, in Griffith Park is one of the best spots to do it. But this is more than just a scenic overlook. Griffith Observatory also contains a small museum, a planetarium, and free public access to telescopes for stargazing. There are walking trails through the park if you want to lose yourself in nature for a little while.
Griffith Park and the Observatory grounds are open every day from sunrise to 10 p.m. The Observatory building opens later in the morning and stays open until 10 p.m., except for Mondays and most holidays. Admission to Griffith Park and Observatory are free, though parking is not. However, there is easy (and inexpensive) bus service to Griffith Observatory from the Vermont/Sunset Metro station. Planetarium shows are only $7, and there are 3 different shows that regularly run. Please note that this is a Los Angeles City Park, and marijuana use here is not legal. All forms of smoking and vaping are disallowed in the park, so you may want to light up before you head up to the Observatory.
#16 Disney and Universal (of course)
Los Angeles is home to two of the most beloved theme parks in the world, Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood. Neither park permits you to bring marijuana inside, so be sure to plan accordingly. At Universal Studios Hollywood, located in Universal City, you can experience behind-the-scenes looks at how your favorite movies were made, as well as rides and shows themed after everything from Jurassic World to Kung Fu Panda. The immersive Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a destination in its own right and a must-see for anyone who’s ever wanted to escape into Harry’s universe for the day.
Disneyland, located in Anaheim, about 30 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles (in light traffic), is the place to be if you want to meet your childhood favorite characters in the flesh and enjoy the whimsical fun of classic rides like “It’s a Small World” and “Peter Pan’s Flight.” Star Wars fans can spend the day exploring a galaxy far, far away in Disneyland’s immersive new Galaxy’s Edge attraction. Both parks also host visually stunning holiday events throughout the Halloween and Christmas seasons.
Make Los Angeles your next cannabis vacation destination
From dispensaries as stylish as they are well-stocked (that deliver, no less!), to cannabis-infused food, drinks, massages, and more, Los Angeles has everything you need for the best 420 vacation ever!
Did we miss anything? Let us know! We’d love to hear about your favorite Los Angeles activities for the perfect cannabis vacation!